Emmure – love them or hate them, a bit like marmite, but either way, you know that there are plenty of people on the other side of the fence and occasionally some will step over the other side just to have a sample.
The band formed in 2003 have never been far from controversy or line up changes, with the only remaining original member being vocalist Frankie Palmeri, released their first EP in 2006, titled The Complete Guide to Needlework and followed it up with the debut full length in 2007 with Goodbye to the Gallows. Swiftly after this followed The Respect Issue in 2008, Felony in 2009 and Speaker of the Dead in 2011 before taking a short breather until 2012 for Slave to the Game and 2014s Eternal Enemies. Look at Yourself was released in 2017 and now the band is about to release their 8th studio album.
I would imagine that as soon as you press play, most will decide which side of the fence they are as the samples start, the Nu Metal sounds to begin with the turntable and we feel like we are transported back to the early 2000s in that Nu Metal era. The aggression is obvious, the guitars are hefty and reminiscent of that earlier era, but to be honest I rather enjoy it.
As the opener draws to a close with more samples and DJ skills you have to wonder what is coming next and as the guitar opens for the second track ‘Track Folder’ hits its pace, again it has the feeling of that Nu Metal period, with the hint of the influence of a band from that time and who are still around that are from Bakersfield, again this is grabbing me and I feel quite excited by it.
This feeling continues as the album progresses and the sound continues with extreme vocals mixed with cleaner and more purposeful narration, the sounds begin to incorporate a more industrial sound with the occasion dub influence as their frustrations are vented.
The 31-minute album flies by as the crushing chords meet punishing drums and the vocal blends to meet the backing and then with the sprinkles of samples and scratches, you are never quite sure what is coming next, but as previously stated, I found myself captivated for the entire album. I have no doubt that this album will divide opinion, but mine is that this is a great addition to any collection.
Hindsight is released Friday 26th June 2020 via Sharptone Records
1. (F)inally (U)nderstanding (N)othing 2:52
2. Trash Folder 2:03
3. Pigs Ear 2:11
4. Gypsy Disco 2:01
5. I’ve Scene God 2:11
6. Persona Non Grata 2:11
7. Thunder Mouth 2:54
8. Pan’s Dream 3:12
9. 203 3:37
10. Informal Butterflies 1:58
11. Action 52 1:42
12. Bastard Ritual 1:17
13. Uncontrollable Descent 3:03